Governments will be busy for the next 15 years working to achieve the goals, but that doesn’t mean all the work falls on them. The private sector, civil society organization and regular people can all help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. But sometimes it’s not that easy to know where to start. There are 17 goals after all, each one with different targets and indicators.
In fact, the question we get asked most frequently is: how can I help?
We want to make it easier for you to do your part. We don’t want you to feel like ending poverty, tackling climate change and reducing inequality is something only policymakers can do. We don’t want you to think it’s difficult to achieve – it is all doable.
This is why we have started the Year of Living Sustainably, a space where we will share tips on how to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Many of our tips are simple and you may already be doing them. Others will require you to change or adopt new habits. But you don’t have to turn your life upside-down to be sustainable. You don’t have to do everything at once, but also know that change starts with you and your involvement matters. Your small actions can have a big impact!
We also want to hear from you. We want to know how you’re helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Do you have an idea or initiative already running that is helping to improve people’s lives and protecting the planet? Tell us about it. We’d like to share with others.
So here’s how you can follow the Year of Living Sustainably:
We will be sharing regular blog posts on this website and also through the @GlobalGoalsUN twitter and facebook pages. The UN instagram page will also be doing a #SustainableSunday activity every week.
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In honor of Earth Day, the UN Deputy Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly lead a team in planting a tree in the UN Food Garden.
We spoke with Bram Gunther, co-director of the New York City Urban Field Station, to find out what we can do to help our parks and forests.